What is an Alkaline Diet?
In a nutshell, the alkaline diet is based on the idea that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods can improve your health. Most illness and disease is linked to excessive acidity in the body. Increasing your in-take of alkalising foods and decreasing acid-forming foods is advised for improving your body’s pH balance and overall general health.
Excess acidity in the wrong places will need neutralising to maintain the correct balance. The body does this by buffering the acids with base minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium, causing these to be leached out from the body systems and leading to degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis, cramps and reduced immune response.
Increase Alkaline-Forming Foods
- Vegetables preferably local and in season
- Fruits preferably local and in season including berries
- Unrefined cold pressed vegetable oils
- Whole grains, such as brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, barley, oats
- Green leafy vegetables
- Pulses (peas, beans, lentils)
- Dried fruits
- Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax(linseed)
- Pineapple, papaya, mango and guava
- Oily wild fish, such as mackerel, herring and sardines.
- Drink lots of water and herbal teas
Avoid Acid-Forming Foods
- Meat, especially sausages, processed meats, bacon and ham
- Animal fat and all dairy products
- Processed foods in general
- White flour and its products
- Sugar (any)
- Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons tangerines and clementines)
- Tomatoes potatoes, aubergines and peppers
- Salted foods and snacks
The YouTube video below goes into more detail on flushing toxins from your body with alkaline foods: